Willy Loman and Walter Lee Younger are two different people, in two different worlds with almost the same type of problems. The struggles between the Younger and Lomans is quite a twist for some people but if given a chance can be unraveled to see how much love and care is actually put into the meaning of family. First is Willy and how his life is being changed by his memory and struggle to keep up on payments. Second is Walter struggling with his drinking problem and trying to keep his temper in check to tell a certain white man to leave and that they are keeping the house they bought. Lastly is the difference in their struggles that they have to face in order to survive and handle in order to keep their family together. Willy Loman is a businessman who is forced to work for Howard, who doesn’t see Willy’s true potential. Willy is convinced that Howard should let him go work in New York because of how hard and how long he has worked for …show more content…
Arnold. He drives him around to the places he needs to be to on time. He is dissatisfied and disgusted with his life that he drinks it all up and ends up missing three days of work because he couldn’t handle the stress or distraction his life was bringing upon him. During the three days he wasn’t at work he was drinking and thinking up ways he can open up his dream job of owning a liquor store. He is a very desperate man who tries everything to get the ten thousand dollar check from his mom for the store. After talking through everything and expressing himself to his wife and mother, he earns the rest of the money that is left over from his mother, Lena, but all he has to do is put at least three thousand of the money into Beneatha’s college account. He ends up making a mistake and giving it all to Willy Harris who ends up running away with all money. Him making that mistake changes the way he thinks about life and he rejects the money twice from Mr. Linder and he makes his family
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He does not acknowledge the importance of his family until his son betrayed by his father’s absence from his birthday party, wishes his father cannot lie again. It becomes a struggle in the man’s job, and in his daily life, but he eventually learns his lesson and the family is restored. The
The stories Death of a Salesman and Fences are both show how a tragic character should be. In Fences, Troy Maxson's traits and actions go against Aristotle's criteria of being a tragic hero. Because of this Troy Maxson can not be considered a tragic character. On the other hand, Willy Loman is different because he is a tragic character. Willy Loman fits many of the criteria of Aristotle.
He didn’t have enough money for a train ride home but he couldn’t get any money because he lied to his parents back home. After days of waited he finally received a letter back from Mr. Emerson. As the narrator head to Mr, Emerson office he stops and get breakfast at a diner. along the way to the diner he talk to a few people.
Willy Loman is a complex character who is unable to come to terms with his failures, while Troy Maxson is able to confront his disappointment and find a way to move forward. Both plays offer insight into the struggles and triumphs of working-class African American men and the ways in which they are able to find meaning and purpose in their
Bartleby, from Bartleby the Scrivener, and Willy Loman, from Death of a Salesman, are in many ways opposites. Bartleby is an extreme individualist; only doing what he wants to, no matter the personal or professional cost. On the other hand, Willy Loman is a conformist; he does what he is told, lives an average life, and pursues the “American Dream” like most Americans do. Bartleby and Willy also share similarities: both are physiologically broken and their respective individuality and conformity lead them to their deaths, albeit in different ways. The stories themselves are also similar in that they both critique American society.
Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings. They also realize their own flaws.
After living away from home for nearly 20 years. He visits a bar from his youth and converses with the locals only to find out that his childhood friends and acquaintances had died. This mirrors a death within himself that he unwillingly accepts. He develops an apprehensive and bitter attitude and becomes critical of his surroundings. However he eventually realizes that his disappointment is futile and cannot change what has become of his beloved hometown.
Both characters try to reach their dreams by moving their families and responsibility aside. For example, Walter Lee dreams of opening a liquor store, so to reach his dreams he took his family is money trying to act like a man but then that money was stolen by his friend Willy
He is constantly faced with not only the current situation of his families financial standing, but also has a horrific event from the past haunting him, the accidental ignition of the Builds-the-Fire residence. The combination of shame and guilt leads him to drink. Instead of offering Arnold freedom from his feelings, he enters a cycle of alcoholism that ultimately leads to his only son alienating him. Beginning with the abuse of his son after he spills some of his fathers beer in the truck. As punishment of his mistake Arnold slaps his son across the head, the effect of this action,not only physically hurting his child but mentally changing him.
Linda defends Willy and insists that Willy, as a traveling salesman, merely exhausts himself rather than become crazy. Even if Willy’s financial reality reveals the fact that he can never come true his American dream, Linda still refuses to break his fantasies and see through his lies. Instead, she supports Willy’s American dream and believes in Willy’s idea that success is possible for anyone. Even though Willy is often rude to her and ignores her opinions, she protects him at all costs. She loves Willy, so she can accept all of his shortcomings.
Willy Loman’s age is depicted in his own name. Willie represents a childlike eagerness and Loman represents his fall into being a low man. Willie often times has visions of years earlier to his salad days which are much more upbeat. Willie and his children’s aging has brought upon great dysfunction and disappointment. At sixty-three years old he has lost ambition, and thinks that he has no hope to make something of himself.
Willy Loman is the central figure of the play. He’s an untalented but energetic man gripped by the American dream. Willy’s personality disintegrates as he moves into his 60’s and his strength begins to fail him. He commits suicide in hope of earning thousands in life insurance for his wife and two sons. Over the course of the play, he is presented as a complex person who hides deep insecurity beneath bluster and drive, relying on his handsome and athletic sons to compensate for his own sense of inadequacy.
Miller depicts Willy as a tragic character in his willingness to preserve his dignity. Additionally, Willy’s dignity is tainted in the story because of his flawed philosophy of the American Dream. This along with unjust comparisons leads to Willy’s death. Based on how Willy Loman evaluates himself unjustly, he is a tragic hero because he must do anything to preserve his dignity, and his false impression of the American Dream, which leads to his downfall.
From an outsider perspective, Willy Loman lives a normal life. He is a traveling salesman with two grown up sons, and a beautiful marriage. But is that really the life he has? No, it is not. One of the first disappointments Willy experiences is with his son.
The Loman’s relationship can be seen as a complex façade, in which his wife Linda serves as an enabling supporter who contributes to her husband’s problem. She is aware that he is becoming more and more disillusioned, but fails to address the issue head on. Instead, Mrs. Loman hints at her husband’s lack of professional achievement by suggesting that he pursue different avenues in life. She is subservient to her husband’s pursuit of the American Dream, even though she knows it’s giving him false hope, and causing him to diminish even further. In another conversation with his wife, Willy Loman expresses another fantasy of his, “Before it's all over we're gonna get a little place out in the country, and I'll raise some vegetables, a couple of chicken” (Miller 52).